Stop the Horrendous Hackney Road Closures!
Stop the Horrendous Hackney Road Closures!
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Latest: Jan. 19, 2021
Our solicitors, with input from specialist barristers, have now issued an application in the High Court for permission to proceed to a judicial review of Hackney’s road closure and LTN schemes.…Read more
Who are we?
We are a group of ordinary residents and business owners who have come together to oppose one of the largest programme of road closures in Britain, implemented by Hackney Council in North East London, without any prior consultation. We are a cross-generation, cross-community movement, we are pedestrians, motorists, wheelchair user and we are cyclists. We are united in our opposition to the council’s reckless assault on our communities.
Hackney Council’s road closures and so-called Low Traffic Neighbourhoods have paralysed our neighbourhoods. Their roadblocks have impacted the work of our emergency services, left many elderly and disabled residents stranded in their homes; massively increased journey times, left people struggling to get to work, hospital appointments, care visits, and pushed many local businesses to the brink of failure.
Quiet residential, and even school streets have become gridlocked, sometimes for hours at a time. The hum of stationary engines, the smell of fumes and blaring car horns of frustrated drivers have become all too familiar in many neighbourhoods. The council’s claim that these measures are creating a greener, safer, more child-friendly borough reads like a sick joke.
Why are we raising funds?
We were not consulted and despite raising many legitimate concerns and a mountain of evidence we are not being listened to and the council are simply ploughing on with more and more closures. In our thousands we have written to our councillors, the Mayor, MPs, completed every online survey, but our concerns fall on deaf ears. Many of these closures were overwhelmingly objected in 2016-2017, when Hackney Council properly consult residents and businesses, but they have used Covid-19 as an excuse to sidestep the democratic process. So we have no option to turn to the law.
Why is this case so important?
In October heavily pregnant Sabrina DaSilva, 31, thought her waters had broken, and midwives told her to come straight away to Homerton Hospital. Local newspaper the Hackney Gazette reported that her car “got stuck in the same spot for 35 minutes” and so she had to abandon her car and “walk the remaining 25-minute journey to hospital, despite being in pain.”
We have numerous cases of desperate people struggling to get to hospital because of gridlocked streets. The site of emergency vehicles trapped on gridlocked streets - deliberately created by council road closures - is sadly an everyday occurrence in Hackney.
Hackney Council’s road closures are costing families, costing the elderly, the vulnerable and costing jobs. Read more stories and testimonials on our website. If we do not reverse these road closures we believe they will ultimately cost lives. Help us reverse these horrendous road closures.
What legal action are we taking?
We need to stop the road closures and get the barriers removed. Other boroughs have done it. We have engaged a firm of solicitors and barristers who are making preliminary investigations into what we can do. We have excellent legal grounds to fight this, but we need to raise some serious money to help us do it. Our immediate target is £5,000 but to succeed and go to court, the figure could be more more like £30,000. Help us get started, help us save Hackney.
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Horrendous Hackney Road Closures
Jan. 19, 2021
Our solicitors, with input from specialist barristers, have now issued an application in the High Court for permission to proceed to a judicial review of Hackney’s road closure and LTN schemes. We need to stop the road closures and get the barriers removed until there is proper public consultation on the best approach to manage traffic in our borough. Other boroughs have removed their restrictions and are now consulting the public. We believe that we have good legal grounds for our challenge, but we need to raise some serious money to help us fight and win it. We have already raised over £5,000 to start the case but to see it through we will need to raise over £30,000. Help us save Hackney’s residents from the Council’s horrendous road closure schemes.
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